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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

U.S. to keep Sea of Japan on books

Kyodo

WASHINGTON — The United States will keep referring to the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula as the Sea of Japan despite a request by South Koreans to adopt the name "East Sea," according to a statement recently posted on the White House website.

Kurt Campbell, U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said in the statement posted Friday it is "long-standing United States policy to refer to each sea or ocean by a single name" and that concerning the sea area, "long-standing U.S. policy is to refer to it as the Sea of Japan."

He also said Washington is aware Seoul refers to the waters as the "East Sea" and is "not asking the Republic of Korea to change its nomenclature."

"U.S. usage of 'the Sea of Japan' in no way implies an opinion regarding any issue related to sovereignty," Campbell added.

Both South Koreans and Japanese sent petitions to the White House website on the dispute, and the statement was issued in response to them.



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